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Friday, May 13, 2016

You know that's just my opinion...

You know, I've been thinking about it. I think that some burritos are better than others. More significantly, I think that vegetarian burritos are better than burritos with various meats. I think that is partially just because how I was raised. Maybe I had a bad meat burrito in the past. Maybe my biology doesn't crave chicken or steak like others do. I am fine with that.

You know, that's just my opinion.

Did I really need to say that?
What importance do my opinions have in certain matters?
Are opinions helpful for other people or are they reflections of our personal and subjective experiences?

Opinions are heavily waited on the context in hand. Opinions usually are preceded with an " I think" perspective that is personally fitted to the waist band of one's consciousness. If I think one thing is greater or more important than another thing, does that change or influence the opinion of another person? It certainly may, but opinions are merely biased to each person or people that tend to band together in like minded groups. Opinions, like beliefs, have the ability to unite or divide people.

When people are having a discussion, they tend to come from a place of ideology. The " I think" perspective stems from a projection in one's mind that routes them in a certain way of thinking. Opinions tend to be influenced and sculpted by the opinions of other people. A person can be swayed to a certain way of thinking by past experiences and take in an outside perspective that aligns with their views, values and principles. People tend to get lost in their own opinions when engaging in debates and arguments, while moving further from universality and truth.

" I think beer is better than wine"
" I think Wine is better because it doesn't make me feel as bloated."

Both of these perspectives are different and don't really move towards a sense of informed consensus. At this point, each person can recognize the other person's opinion and move on. You have the choice to accept and acknowledge someone's opinion while having a deep respect for the unique perspectives of individuals. In this regard, opinions can serve as windows to how a person thinks, behaves and acts in certain situations.

Opinions at times can lead to us judging, condemning and labeling certain people. We may put a person into a certain box based upon their own subjective beliefs. We unconsciously align ourselves to people that tend to think the same. Obviously, not all of us can have the same opinions. One of the most proactive things we can do is to see opinions as thinking and "of the mind". When we sculpt the totality of a person solely from their opinions, we blind ourselves to the uniqueness and diversity they have to offer. We can build up walls and see other people's opinions as reflections of our own insecurities.

We tend to fall into a comfortable pattern of our own biased thinking. When we feel our opinions are threatened, we can fight back to try to validate our opinions as if they were our own virtues. Opinions tend to be more emotionally based than logic based. We may " feel " a certain way about something, which makes us attached to our own opinions. We can lose sight and some from a place of emotion in order to express our own views without the respect and patience for how others "feel".

Understanding opinions takes a great deal of meta cognition. You know, thinking about thinking about opinions. You have to be able to pause and be mindful of the value of your opinions. Does giving your opinion advance in any insight to the context of the situation? Is your opinion based around a cognitive bias that is molded from your subjective experience? Are you enforcing your opinion with any type of aggression or intimidation? Are you voicing your opinion in order simply say what you "think" needs to be said? Does your opinion lead to more questioning and curiosity? If your opinion doesn't hold much value in advancing the topic at hand, it is might be a good idea to just focus on listening and realign with the present moment.

Maybe writing about opinions is just based on my own opinions. I certainly have a strong opinion about opinions. Why would i take time to write my opinions about opinions? Am I thinking that this piece will help with understanding opinions?

All I have done has gotten you and I to look at opinions critically. Some of us get so caught up in our own opinions that it becomes part of or all of our identities. We latch onto ideologies and political philosophies that align with how we want to see the world. We may favor almonds over pecans and gravitate towards other people that think the same thing. Does favoring almonds make us against pecans? Not necessarily. Am I getting a little of track? I certainly think so, but that may just be my opinion.

Opinions that aren't based in any concrete sense of reality or morality deceive us and move us towards unconsciousness. We can see opinions much like emotions. Opinions can change, mutate and pass through this human experience. Our experiences are a part of our self which is a product and the culmination of time.

Here's an interesting example: 

We may have been surrounded by the color blue as a child and gravitate towards more blue objects. The color blue may give us a sense of comfort and nostalgia that pleases our senses. We favor blue things over red things. It is something we get accustomed to. We are programmed to like the color blue. At this point, our opinions on the color blue are unique to our own past experiences. We may not be able to see why someone would favor so many red things to blue things. Our opinion of the color blue is surface and only in our minds. 
The paragraph above crudely illustrates how most opinions are formed. We can use the best of our abilities to inform others of our opinions based upon past experiences and environmental factors. Our opinions can illustrate the state of consciousness we are in now compared to how we were informed in the past. 

We can choose to see our opinions as opinions and move towards truth or move towards a realm of unconsciousness entrenched with unchecked emotional responses, cognitive bias and diluted compulsory thought. To facilitate growth, one must consistently question the necessity of opinion.

When people can set their opinions aside and see them as subjective thoughts, they can  focus on elevating each others consciousness and creating a more compassionate and present existence in this world. 


You know,
That's just my opinion?


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